People Digest: Northern Trust appoints SG head; Aquila Capital opens Japan office

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Wealth management firm Northern Trust has announced the appointment of Yen Leng Ong as country head Singapore and head of South East Asia while German fund manager Aquila Capital has opened an office in Tokyo and appointed Yasuhiro Odajima as Investment Manager Energy & Infrastructure APAC.

Northern Trust appoints SG head

Wealth management firm Northern Trust has announced the appointment of Yen Leng Ong as country head Singapore and head of South East Asia.

In her new role effective December 1, subject to regulatory approval, Ong will be responsible for leading Northern Trust’s asset servicing business activities and driving the growth of key business lines including asset management and capital markets across the South East Asia region, the firm said in an announcement on Wednesday.

Most recently, Ong was chief administrative officer for Northern Trust in Asia-Pacific (APAC) and head of product management, where she was responsible for regional business and product strategy and facilitating regional growth opportunities. In her new role, Ong will continue to report to William Mak, head of APAC, Northern Trust.

Ong joined Northern Trust in 2009 as a senior product manager and assumed the expanded role of chief administrative officer in 2016.

Aquila Capital opens Japan office, makes key hire

German fund manager Aquila Capital has opened an office in Tokyo to support its continued expansion into Japan’s buoyant solar power market and appointed Yasuhiro Odajima as Investment Manager Energy & Infrastructure APAC.

Based in Tokyo, he joins Aquila Capital from Pictet Asset Management and has considerable experience in the investment management industry, the firm said in an announcement.

Aquila Capital has been active in the Japanese market for several years now and launched the first investment fund domiciled in Japan in 2013. The company started investing in Japanese photovoltaic projects in 2014.

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In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

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  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.